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the fall of 2016. by the way, walt is my dad. i hope that answers his question. thank you so much for joining me. don't forget you can follow me on twitter if you can spell "smerkonish." i'll see you next week. we begin this morning with the funeral for beloved son of delaware beau biden. >> take a look at the screen here for you. the funeral mass for vice president joe biden's son, scheduled to begin in about half an hour. you can hear the music that they're playing, we've heard of long lines, five blocks long outside the church waiting to be seated. they're entering st. anthony of padua roman catholic church in wilmington. the american flag at half-staff at white house right now. in honor of beau biden. president obama will deliver a eulogy this morning.
just a short time ago. he and the first lady boarded air force one to go to wilmington. the white house says mr. obama will honor delaware's former attorney general as a remarkable son, father and public servant. >> cnn national correspondent sunlen serfaty is going to be with us in a bit. but we do want to get right now to douglas brinkley and talk to you, douglas, if we could, please about beau biden and the legacy that he leaves. >> well in some ways it's fitting that today's d-day. because day of we think of as a great day of military service and beau biden, who had an opportunity to stay in politics stay in delaware make money, work in a law firm decided to dedicate his life to public service. in his mind that meant joining the national guard. that meant becoming a major in the armed forces and serving overseas duty in iraq. so doods funeral will have a
military feel to it. but it's also he was a religious man. a child of roman catholicism. somebody who believed in god and jesus christ. and so it's it's really a very sad loss. and you have to feel for the vice president, losing a child, while he has the pressures of the world on your shoulders, and having to kind of soldier on. and at previous moments in american history. sitting presidents or vice presidents have lost children. but it's always the darkest moment. so today's a very sad day. >> in fact i was reading some of the comments that are online. one person wrote even though i don't agree with vice president biden's politics my heart breaks for him, god bless this man and his family and give them strength. >> when you read about how people are embracing this family. not just people in delaware but people all over the country. possibly all over the world,
what is it do you think about this family that makes people care so much? >> well joe biden has been in american politics for a while. he's our vice president, he's beloved. and the fact of the matter is we always think of the kennedy family as being surrounded with tragedy. but if you look at what joe biden has had to go through, you know in what beau had, beau had lost his mother in an automobile accident which he was injured along with his brother, hunter. and you know they lost he lost a sister. and so the vice president is not new to loss. but he was so incredibly close to beau so proud of him. and beau biden was a bit of what we used to call in america, a boy scout. he wanted everything to be right. he believed in old-fashioned public service. he joined the justice department to get bad people out of the public sphere. as i mentioned, he served in our
armed forces and was, a very shining light in delaware politics. i mean beloved as attorney general. was going to be almost a shoe-in to become governor in his political potential was just skyless. i mean he was going to be going far. and any time you lose somebody that's in their 40s to cancer in this case brain cancer i think reminds everybody watching we're all, cancer has, touches all of us and how heinous it is and how deeply the bidens and the obamas are in the bidens extended family and all of america are feeling right now. there's a lot of love going towards the biden family this afternoon. >> a tremendous loss. douglas brinkley stand by for us we want to bring in cnn national correspondent sunlen serfaty. she's outside the church in wilmington. we'll have to go back to sunlen in just a moment. we'll get to her in a moment.
i'll stay with you, douglas. put into larger context the role and of the president coming. not just to eulogize a friend he had in beau biden. but to support his vice president. and we've seen this throughout history. >> well you know what president obama loves joe biden. it's not a word we often talk about in the political sphere. but there's a huge amount of love. this is a president and vice president who get along exceedingly well. joe biden is someone who usually brings comic relief to the president. he has a great sense of humor and is usually somebody that helps the president kind of laugh through some of the day. in this case you see president obama coming to really probably give one of the most stunning eulogies imaginable. and the very fact that he's arriving there and honoring beau biden and beau's service is very
meaningful. remember beau biden was the one who introduced his father at the democratic convention. the whole family narrative of how joe biden when his first wife was killed. how joe biden would take the train back to delaware to make sure he was raising beau and hunter biden and his children properly. and i think we have to think of beau biden's children. his two kids who now are fatherless suddenly. and so it's a very important funeral i think in american history today. the last time you had a death of a sitting president or vice president was john f. kennedy back in august of 1963. when they lost patrick. patrick was only born for two days was born premature, weighed five pounds and died. so we really haven't had since '63, a signature president or vice president that lost a family member like this. >> you know you mentioned how he used to take the train back
and forth in his yale university commencement address this past year i want to read you something that joe said. joe biden said. he said looking back on it the truth be told the reason i went home every night was that i needed my children more than they needed me. and he was saying this about pundit who is suggested his absence from washington would wreck his political career. he went on to say i realized i didn't miss a thing. i never lacked having ambition but ambition without perspective can be a killer. they're such profound words that come from joe biden. i want to go to sunlen serfaty. we're looking here at what's happening inside the church. she's got a perspective outside the church. sun sunlen we had heard at one point the lines to get in from five blocks long. what are you seeing there at this hour? >> that's right, christi. today is no exception to those long lines we saw at the public viewing here yesterday. today at this fufrl, people
started lining up at 4:30 a.m. and the line really stretched around the block. you can see behind me some people still making their way inside the church. which as you've been looking at live pictures inside the church. the church is packed holding hundreds. president obama, and the first family including the first grandmother, marian robinson they have landed here in wilmington delaware they're making their way to this church in the little italy part of wilmington delaware. we know that president obama is feeling this loss very personally. according to his press secretary we know that president obama is taking a personal role in writing his eulogy. that he will deliver here later today. and in addition to president obama we'll hear from members of the biden family beau biden's sister ashley and beau biden's brother, hunter will also give an address, as well as general ray odierno. he was the commander in iraq when whew biden served.
>> we understand sunlen that you have the program now, that attendees of the ceremony will receive. >> we do have the program which they are of course giving to everyone as they come in here. i want to make reference to just this picture that's on the cover of the program. as you can see, a very casual photo of beau biden. it looks like he's on a fishing trip. i imagine this is probably how the family wants to remember him. not in any formal picture from when he was attorney general or perhaps when he was serving in iraq. but a casual picture of him enjoying life and certainly we will hear many details of that life today. we know that among the pall bearers are his uncle and. >> sunlen serfaty outside the church in wilmington delaware. thank you and our thanks to douglas brinkley for putting much of this into context for
us. let's switch gears now and turn to dana bash with republicans who are now -- running another lap in 2016. gop candidates are in iowa this morning. are we going to that? okay. all right. taking part in the first annual roast and ride in the city of boon. it's part of a memorial motorcycle ride. and it's also conservative campaigning. cnn chief congressional correspondent dana bash is in the mix. dana tell us what's going on there? >> well we're still actually in des moines. because this is where the ride part of the roast and ride is going to begin. you see behind me, this is a harley barn and what joni ernst, the freshman center from iowa a harley rider decided to do is to make this perhaps the first annual tradition. of making this kind of fun day
for harley riders and also a very political day for would-be republican presidential candidates. and of course since this is a presidential year actual presidential candidates. let's just start here. there's going to be a gathering of a lot of harley riders and there are groups who have been gathered from police officer groups from veteran groups. they are going to be riding from here 38 miles to the town of boon iowa. it is there that the presidential candidates are going to be speaking. we're told that they are only going to have eight minutes each to speak, seven of them are going to come. but there actually is going to be one presidential candidate who is going to take the ride along with joni ernst. he's not officially a candidate. but we expect him to be soon. and that's scott walker the governor of wisconsin. he is a harley rider, a harley lover we're told. and he's been talking with his aides, very excited to be riding in the race not just speaking at the event later.
victor and christi? >> dana we've been talking about the debates that are coming and the attempt to crack into the top ten. and what does does a candidate have to do specifically to get into that top ten, to get into the debate? >> it's very difficult and there's a lot of angst here frankly, among supporters of those like lindsey graham like carly fiorina, ben carson all of those who will be at the event today, who are barely more than asterisks in the polls right now. and because there is such a huge field and the first debate at fox is saying only 10 people on the stage and it will depend where you are. there is so much effort right now. going into getting support early to bump themselves up. and this particular event is is a very good forum for a lot of these candidates. or potential candidates to get
themselves noticed. to get themselves more support so they can be on the national stage. but the thing about places like iowa is that it really is still about one-on-one campaigning. and a lot of the candidates who are kind of at the bottom of the polling tote em pole. they say that even if they don't get on the stage nationally that they are hoping that by spending a lot of time here gripping and grinning and going to house parties and meeting people one-on-one that when it comes to the caucuses which is really kind of a personal and organizing experience, then that may be at least in the short-term will matter more than the debate stage. but the debate stage is important for the donors where they look at the candidates and say, is this somebody who i can put my money behind. this will be a long slog. >> dana bash, thanks. there's another revelation in the dennis hastert scandal. a third victim now accusing the former house speaker of sexual
beau biden's funeral is expected to begin in just about 12 minutes from now. mourners lined up for blocks in wilmington delaware to pay their respects to the former delaware attorney general yesterday. for the wake today, for the funeral as well. we know the president obama will eulogize beau biden this morning and look at the right side of your screen here. the american flag at the white house is at half-staff in honor of the vp'sice president's son. who died last week of brain cancer. >> the president is going to be leaving the funeral to attend a
g-7 summit in germany. this is what he may be greeted with demonstrators protesting against world leaders, saying the leaders have failed to act on pressing issues. cnn's international correspondent carl penhall is there. help us understand what's going on right now. are we still talking about thousands strong in terms of the protesters? >> absolutely christi, right now the demonstrators are taking a little breather. but they're not letting their guard down. thousands of people are out here on the streets, in one common aim, and that is to try to disrupt or shut down the g7 summit. that includes when president obama tries to come here to the south of germany and meet up with the leaders of the other richest, most industrialized nations on earth. why do the protesters want to do that? they say the group of seven is a club of elite fat cats intent on
dividing up world politics and the world economy for their own benefits. and not the benefit of the citizens or the global community. now, if you look around you look at the signs, you talk to people it's quite clear. there are many different groups there are greens leftists of different stripes there are anarchists and simply concerned citizens. some want tougher action on global warming. others want an end to the refugee cries i some want tougher measures to combat the divisions between rich and poor in the world. so many ideas are motivating these demonstrations. but as i say, their first goal is to close down or disrupt the g7 if they can do that and they say this system is broken. it needs to be changed. they have a common dream, and that is building a better future that includes everybody. christi? >> all right. karl penhall, i appreciate that look. thank you so much. now listen i want to also tell you and share with you, something that was said earlier
today. now president obama as we said is getting ready to ask eu leaders to maintain sanctions against russia over its aggression in ukraine. russian president vladimir putin said this today -- there is no need to fear russia. the world has changed so drastically that people with some common sense cannot even imagine such a large-scale military conflict today we have other things to think about. i assure you unquote. >> this morning, thousands turned out in airsarajevo to see the pope. plus a cnn report on the deaths of nine infants at a florida hospital prompts a federal investigation. why did these babies die after surgery at that hospital? a legal expert weighs in on the hospital's potential liabilities. [ screaming ] rate suckers! [ bell dinging ] your car insurance goes up because of their bad driving.
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here's some of the stories we're following this hour. beau biden's funeral expected to begin in six minutes, mourners were lined up for blocks. here's a live picture inside the church there. as we wait for things to get started there. but president obama we know is going to deliver the eulogy and we understand that he took special care with this writing good portions of it himself and look at the right-hand side of
your screen. the american flag at the white house half staff in honor of the vice president's son. he died last week after a battle with brain cancer we'll continue to follow it throughout the morning and certainly as thoughts and prayers are sent to the biden family. pope francis is in the bosnian capital of sarajevo. look at the thousands of people who just came out to mass to listen to him and his message of global peace as we're told his visit comes 18 years after pope john paul ii travelled to the city. in minnesota, prosecutors have filed criminal charges against the roman catholic archdiocese of st. paul in minneapolis. saying church leaders failed to address several charges of sexual misconduct against a priest and did not do enough to protect children. the priest was convicted in 2013 on charges of sexual abuse against minors. tough weekend for colorado. people there being slammed by major tornadoes, a lot of rain as well.
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back live into st. anthony's, this is in wilmington delaware. this is where the funeral mass for beau biden is expected to start in just a couple of seconds actually. again, st. anthony of padua roman catholic church. it's been a week since the vice president's son died of brain cancer. he was just 46 years old. among the mourners at the church
this morning, the president and first lady. president obama will deliver one of the eulogies this morning. >> cnn national correspondent sunlen serfaty is outside that church. in wilmington sunlen what have you learned about the proceedings today? >> well christi, certainly one of the emotional moments that will likely come up in the next few minutes is that we are, have word now that we will hear from chris martin of coldplay he will sing a song during the funeral procession inside and just a few minutes. now we know that he was a favorite musician of beau biden. his children knew about his love for chris martin's music. and apparently chris martin found out through a family friend and volunteered to come here today. so certainly that will be one of the emotional points of the ceremony. and in addition to president obama's own eulogy. he's grown very close to the biden family over the years. and had a personal relationship with beau biden himself. we know he worked a good deal
yesterday on the speech. taking a very personal hand in the writing of this eulogy. so certainly that will be one of the other emotional moments of the day. christi, vikt center. >> we know that there will be several members of the president's cabinet who are in attendance this morning. including attorney general loretta lynch. secretary castro and several members of congress. senate majority leader mitch mcconnell expected in attendance this morning. we've seen a big outpouring not only from washington but an outpouring of support from the people of delaware as well. >> that's right. it really victor it's a good point to make. that it's really not hard to find someone who was not moved or affected by the biten family in some way when you talk to the people in the streets here in wilmington. we spent a significant amount of time yesterday going through the long line that stretched down the block here outside this
church of the public viewing. people waiting in line five hours to get inside. just to see beau biden's casket meet with the vice president and we heard stories, many people who had worked on multiple campaigns, not only joe biden's, but beau biden's. they talked about the personal touch they felt this family had on them. it was moving to a lot of people. seeing the family come out here. there were two viewings yesterday. three hours each. said vice president joe biden stood in the front of the church yesterday and greeted each person one by one. as they passed his son's casket. thanking them for coming and apologizing for how long the wait was. that has moved a lot of people. here outside the church today, we are waiting for the biden family to arrive. the obamas arrived not long ago with the first daughters, malia and sasha and the first grandmother, marian robinson. >> sunlen serfaty outside the church there in delaware. of course we'll continue to follow all that's happening this
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pad ua roman catholic church where services for beau biden are just about to begin. and outside, awaiting the arrival of vice president joe biden, dr. jill biden. we know that president obama, mrs. obama, the first lady and the first family have arrived. we have been told that former president bill clinton and former secretary of state hillary clinton are in attendance this morning. as you know vice president biden spent 36 years in the senate and many of his senate come rats also from the other chamber, from the house, they are in attendance this morning. there has been a lengthy list i mean it takes quite some time to read the list of members of congress who are in attendance this morning. but some of the most notable names, majority leader mitch mcconnell. minority leader in the house, nancy pelosi and minority lead nert senate harry reid are
there, as well as more than a dozen, maybe two dozen members of congress and several members of the president's cabinet. we learned a few moments ago from sunlen serfaty, who is there outside the church that chris martin the lead singer of coldplay will be performing a selection this morning. there are several musical selections several readings as this is is a formal christian mass burial. you see on the right side the bidens are arriving here as their car pulls up we will take just a break to listen and watch what's happening there. again, a tremendous loss for the vice president. not the first, unfortunately, for the vice president, back in 1972 december 18th when his first wife and daughter were killed in a crash while out christmas shopping. beau biden and hunter biden were both injured in that crash.
and you may remember that it was in 1973 as the now-vice president was entering the senate he took the oath of office standing there next to beau biden there at his hospital bed, vowing not to leave his son's side. >> he has talked about beau biden over the years, in speeches how proud he was, in the fact that the 2008 democratic national convention and i want to say this year joe biden said you know folks, my dad used to have an expression he would say a father knows he's a success when he turns and looks at his son or daughter and knows that they turn out better than he did i'm a success, i'm a hell of a success, beau i love you, i'm so proud of you, i'm so proud of the son you've become and the father that you are. let's listen in. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
you can see the strength of the family in each and every one of them including the children. of beau biden which i think some of the hardest to see. >> two young children, natalie and hunter biden. in lieu of flowers, we know that the family is requesting people make donations to the beau biden foundation for the protection of children. set up by his wife earlier this week. that's going to do it for us today. we'll continue to bring you what's happening here in wilmington delaware as the state, the country says good-bye to beau biden. we'll hand it over to martin savidge now for the next hour of cnn news room. good morning, thank you, christi and victor. it is 11:00 on the east coast, i'm martin savidge, in for fredricka witfield. newsroom starts right now.
♪ surely kindness and kindness will follow me ♪ ♪ all the days of my life ♪ ♪ in my lord's own house shall i dwell ♪ ♪ forever and ever ♪ ♪ >> the oldest son of vice president joe biden, beau biden, something remembered this morning in wilmington delaware. these are live pictures you're watching coming from the church. which is st. anthony of padua, roman catholic church. where mourners are paying their respects. two the two-time delaware attorney general. more seats have been added to the church to try to take in all who wish to be